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Dawgman Predictions - Idaho

It's week two, and confidence is flowing around Montlake like water through the Cut. Washington is currently ranked No. 8 in the country, a six-point bump after a resounding win over Rutgers. What will happen this week as UW hosts Idaho?

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Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (1-0)

I will just say just one thing about last week.  WOW Ross WOW, or as War would sing, "zoom zoom zoom...".  This week I expect much of the same strategy.  It seems like last week we didn't run the ball much against Rutgers.  When actually we were real close to a 50-50 pass-run percentage.  Early on the starters showed some explosiveness.  You got to love that!  I am confident we will see many players on the field again.  I sure hope so.  It is a very important part of building teams that reload.  These are the type of games where the Dawgs should be able to build that experience in the depth.  Right now I am keeping my vision near sighted when looking at this team's contest.  Idaho is all that is in focus, and I've got a big grin on my face.

Prediction: Washington 48-10


Johnb - Long time Husky fan (1-0)

Idaho stops by to pick up a check on Saturday and they are better than you think. There is talk of bowling again in Moscow. The Spuds return nine starters on an offense that put up over 30 points a game last season. Matt Linehan is a solid QB who is surrounded by guys that can catch the ball. I don’t expect UI to have much success on the ground, but this week will definitely be a tougher test for the Husky secondary. The Dawg offense won’t be challenged in the least by the Idaho defense. Washington should be able to put the game out of reach by early in the first half. Idaho hasn’t beaten Washington since 1905 that isn’t going to change on Saturday.

Prediction: Washington 52-13


Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (1-0)

The Huskies haven't been a top-10 team since I was in preschool. Ask any player or coach and they'll tell you it doesn't matter. But to the fans, both those who have been there and those, like me, who are in uncharted territory, this means a lot. The excitement around the program is the highest it's been in my memorable life, but Coach Petersen and his crew aren't distracted by it. They're here for one thing: to prove it. They proved it last week, getting up 34-3 against Rutgers early last week. They'll prove it again this week, taking down the Vandals.

Prediction: Washington 45-6


Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (1-0)

There are IMA teams that could compete against Idaho. The Dawgs will work hard at getting the running game going but this will be in hand early allowing the staff to empty the bench and get long looks at the depth-chart in action. The one thing I worry about is that games like this will ruin the defensive stats because the opposition will get yards and points against 3rd stringers late in the game...first world problems. 

Prediction: Washington 58-10


Chris Fetters - Editor (1-0)

I expect Washington to build on their work against Rutgers. They shouldn't jump out in quite the manner they did against the Scarlet Knights, but that also means they probably keep their starters in longer. That means more chances for Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin to do damage. Idaho has a great kicker/punter, and I suspect he will be able to slow down Washington's return threat. But they won't be completely shut out. And the Huskies' defense will once again dominate but probably allow late points to make the scoreline a little less flattering than it could be. 

Prediction: Washington 45-10 


Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (1-0)

How exciting! UW is ranked number eight in the country by the AP and they should only continue to roll over the next couple of weeks. Idaho has some good things going right now, but they aren't a match for what UW will throw at them on Saturday. The Huskies, for their part, need to stay focused and the coaches have done their best to keep their minds right all week. A big thing to look for is if they can establish the run this week, something they weren't able to do last week. I expect Myles Gaskin to go for over 100 and it wouldn't surprise me if he gets that number before halftime. I don't see the Vandals score much at all this week either given Washington's speed and tenacity on defense. Expect the backups to be in for a majority of the second half this week as the Huskies get to 2-0.

Prediction: Washington 55-7


Kim Grinolds - CEO (1-0)

Definitely some things to work on after the Rutgers game. Look for UW to establish the run game early and often. Idaho just won't be able to man up with UW's OL this week.  Look for 2 RB's to go over 100 yards. When running the ball, the game clock winds down mush faster. The game will be in hand early again with lots of youth and substitutions late in the first half.
Prediction: Washington 49-6

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